Friday, January 24, 2020

The Shortest Distance

The purpose of this blog is to take the scenic route at the Shabbat table... Please share...
Mazal tov to Moshe Yitzchak and Goldy (Seinfeld) Steiner on their wedding this week. 


For the above-mentioned nuptials, my sister flew in and out of Washington Dulles Airport, which is southwest of Baltimore.

The shortest drive takes you down I-95 then around the Washington Beltway to Virginia, then due west.

After dropping them off, we asked Waze to get us home and it took us 20 miles further west, then north through rolling hills of gorgeous wintertime Virginia and Maryland farmland, before circling us back eastward towards Baltimore.
Waze didn't tell us how how much time we saved (it should!), avoiding commuter traffic. It could have been thirty minutes faster, maybe it was only five minutes faster. Maybe it was even slower. 

I don't really care because it was a most pleasant drive!

Moral of the story: the shortest distance between two points is not always the most enjoyable distance.

 Moral of the story: the shortest distance between two points is not always a straight line.

About 21 years ago, in Misgav Ladach Hospital, Jerusalem, 2 babies were born a mere 36 days apart.

Both families eventually left Israel, moving several times around North America before landing in Baltimore, a mere mile apart.

Both children grew up happy, energetic, kind... and feeling a pull to return to Israel.


Moral of the story: the shortest distance is not always a straight line.

When wishing someone success in getting married or having a baby, there is a custom to say, "B'shah tovah" - meaning, "May it happen at the right time."


Question for your table - do you believe in fate, luck, neither, or both?


Shabbat Shalom

PS - Yes, the pic above is clickable...

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